Assembly Election 2022 live Updates: UP minister Swami Prasad Maurya quits BJP, joins Samajwadi Party – The Indian Express

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav welcomes Swami Prasad Maurya into his party | Twitter/@yadavakhilesh

2022 Assembly Election LIVE Updates: Ahead of the Assembly elections next month, Uttar Pradesh Minister Swami Prasad Maurya on Tuesday resigned from the BJP and joined Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party. In his resignation letter, Maurya listed “negligent attitude towards Dalits, backward, farmers, unemployed youth, small and medium businessmen” as reasons behind his decision to step down. He represented the Padrauna constituency of Uttar Pradesh and joined BJP in 2016, after quitting the Bahujan Samaj Party.

BJP on Tuesday launched a massive outreach drive and party workers went door-to-door, in groups of five people, to highlight Yogi Adityanath-led government’s achievements.  From January 14, the party will also start deploying ‘LED Raths’ equipped with large TV screens to apprise voters of what the government has done in the last five years.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy CM KP Maurya on Tuesday arrived at party headquarters in Delhi for BJP core committee meet ahead of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

In another development, several leaders from Punjab including former MLA Arvind Khanna, SAD leader Gurdeep Singh Gosha, and former Amritsar councilor Dharamveer Sarin on Tuesday joined the BJP in presence of Union Ministers Hardeep Puri and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

Assembly Election 2022 LIVE: BJP launches outreach drive in UP; campaigning goes digital.  Follow this space for latest updates.

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